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flyinmonkey351
04-06-2005, 05:13 PM
So which do you prefer? The Toyota FJ Cruiser or the Dodge Nitro? Tell us why.<p><IMG SRC="http://chicagoautoshow.com/uploads/floor/3711FC7AEBA84B90B02D2847EBB03C78.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><U>DODGE NITRO- PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS</U><p>- modified Jeep liberty/Cherokee platform with full-time four wheel drive.<p>POWERTRAIN <p>- Dodge 3.7-liter overhead cam V-6, which generates 210 horsepower<br>- 4-speed automatic<p><IMG SRC="http://i.tnpv.us/2005/WKA200502/WKA2005020938452_pv.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><u>TOYOTA FJ CRUISER - PRELIMINARY SPECIFICATIONS</u><p>- modified 4Runner platform with low range 4x4.<p>POWERTRAIN <p>- 4.0 Liter V6 - 245 hp /282 torque <br>- 5-speed automatic (Available 6-speed manual in 4x4)<p>DIMENSIONS (inches) <p>- Overall Length: 177.6 <br>- Overall Width: 74.6 <br>- Overall Height: 70.9 <br>- Wheelbase: 105.9 <br>- Ground Clearance: 9.6 <br>- Wheels: 17 inches black steel wheels w/full size spare (Available alloy wheels (5))<br>- Tire Size: 265/70R17 <br>- Towing Capacity 5,000 lbs. <br>- Seating Capacity 5<p><BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Santeno at 10:51 AM 4/7/2005</i>

LoneWolf
04-06-2005, 08:58 PM
Death to Toyota. lol Besides, the Nitro is based off the Jeep Liberty, itself a quite capable off-roader.

Pavilion
04-06-2005, 10:27 PM
I like both of them, but I would take a Nitro any day. The styling is awesome and being based off the Liberty shoud make it a capible 4x4. That being said, i would take a fj if it were cheaper (since it is a toyota i dont think it will be.).

Santeno
04-07-2005, 07:35 AM
Since none of us have seen a production version of either car (other than in pictures) or tested one, all we can base our judgement on is on specs and styling. That said, I prefer the more cohesive styling of the Nitro, and don't mind the lesser torque, for I don't have any use for it. Now If I had to tow something or go off road, the FJ would be the obvious choice.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by Santeno at 10:54 AM 4/7/2005</i>

Charger
04-07-2005, 08:15 AM
The FJ is absolutely hideous and I dont understand anyone who wants one. The Nitro looks very good and Id take the Nitro any day over the fj. Also I dont like the 2 doors of the fj, I want 4 for an suv

Santeno
04-07-2005, 08:21 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Charger</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Also I dont like the 2 doors of the fj, I want 4 for an suv</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Charger, the FJ has 4 doors. The rear doors are similar to those on the Mazda RX-8.

Charger
04-07-2005, 08:23 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Santeno</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>Charger, the FJ has 4 doors. The rear doors are similar to those on the Mazda RX-8.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I know, I dont like that. I like 4 normal doors.

Superfresa
04-07-2005, 04:51 PM
I say we wait for the next Defender which will shut them both up, but meanwhile I'll take any, I love this type of car, and well done Dodge, that's a great looking beast there. I Think I'll take it meanwhile.

cheongyei
04-08-2005, 06:24 AM
FJ = Foolish Joke. What an awful hodge-podge of ugly styling cues. If it is "retro", it is Soviet-era retro. There is no excuse for such poor execution. By a wide margin, I prefer Dodge Nitro to "hodge-podge retro".

Banker
05-13-2005, 12:39 PM
The dodge has the better over all package while the Toyota has the better power train.

syclone
05-13-2005, 03:01 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>Superfresa</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I say we wait for the next Defender which will shut them both up</TD></TR></TABLE><p>the new defender will be another pile of ford junk that will be idiotically overpriced because its built in england just like the range rover sport<p>of these two, id probably take the fj cruiser, simply because of the low range, even though i think its ugly as sin next to the dodge. i still think the fj is too heavy and thus has too big of an engine as well, but im glad they at least brought it too production. hopefully it will sell well enough to merit a better sorted out sucessor.<p>where the hell is the xterra anyway? the new one is brilliant and id grab it over one of these two any day.<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by syclone at 11:06 PM 5/13/2005</i>

VexedandGlorious
05-13-2005, 03:32 PM
the only reason id get an Fj is for 245bhp and 282lb-ft.<br>but the dodge is more attractive, plus its based on the liberty platform so it should be good off roading.

Speedster S
05-13-2005, 04:26 PM
Im both a Toyota fan and a Dodge fan, but I will go with the Nitro. Its a better looking truck.

anonms
05-13-2005, 04:37 PM
I wouldn't go with either. I dislike SUVs and they're both ugly.<p>However, I would have a preference to whichever one is avaliable in a hybrid version (no consumer diesels in California) since the suspention can be lowered and smaller wheels fitted... I think

syclone
05-14-2005, 02:29 PM
if you did that to one of these, i would kill you, then i would use your corpse as an obstacle on my off-roading course

taskbearer
05-14-2005, 09:15 PM
<br>For the comparison sake, I would take the nitro's more mature styling over the toyota. Chrysler should consider building a new engine as that 3.7 is harsh even in the Liberty.<p>On the other hand, engine is a big strength of toyota. They have a world class portfolio and the V6 in this car is no exception, but I think the FJ is a little too much car for me. IMO I'd rather stick to a scion xb and save the gas money cause I won't go offroad anyway. <br>

Comrade
05-15-2005, 09:33 AM
The FJ reminds me of Honda's Element. I don't like the fat pillar, the boxy and compacted and heavy boned styling. The old Fj looks better ot me. The onlly thing I like are the headlights. The Nitro is so damn cool and I'm sure that 3.7L is enough power.<p>Here's more pics of the Nitro:<br> <A HREF="http://www.dodgeboy.net/news/nitro/index.htm" TARGET="_blank">http://www.dodgeboy.net/news/nitro/index.htm</A>

Superfresa
05-15-2005, 05:09 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>syclone</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>the new defender will be another pile of ford junk that will be idiotically overpriced because its built in england just like the range rover sport<br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>You're entitled to your opinion, but Land Rover will not ba any Ford junk, because It's only the Land Rover team developing the whole thing, not Ford's team. Land Rover's have never been junk, they have a reputation for being the best 4X4s out there, and they can only be considered as junk If all you care about is racing, which is understandable. <p>The Range Rover Sport isn't overpriced if you compare it to a BMW X5, MB ML, Porsche Cayenne. Maybe in some countries it could be a bit more expensive, but considering it does the same on the road as any of these, yet being the only real offroader in the group, It's more than justifyable. <p>And true Offroaders are heavy. They need a really strong chasis, a lot of structural strength - much more than an ordinary car or SUV.

Santeno
05-16-2005, 06:23 AM
fresa We know you're a landrover fan, but lets be realistic. Until BMW came along and later ford, Land Rovers (especially the higher end models) had much less than reliable quality. It is true that they were some of the most capable SUV's anywhere, but it is also true that in those days, being a landrover owner required either some knowledge of auto repair, or tolerance for periodic trips to the repair shop.

Superfresa
05-16-2005, 01:37 PM
... all of which I agree with, but what does that have to do with what I said?...

spwolf
05-16-2005, 05:10 PM
lol, Dodge just looks like rebadged Pathfinder, nothing original at all... You would think those two companies are tied up.